INTRODUCTION: This prospective study investigates sexual function in women after a tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) operation and compares short-term and long-term effects.
METHODS: Sixty-three women had a TVT operation performed at Aalborg University Hospital, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, between November 2008 and June 2010. Patients completed the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire-12 (PISQ-12) and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Urinary Incontinence Short Form (ICIQ-UI SF) before undergoing surgery, 6 months postoperatively, and at the long-term follow-up (mean 4 years and 9 months).
RESULTS: Forty-four women completed the two questionnaires all three times. Preoperatively, mean PISQ-12 was 33.8 [95% confidence interval (CI) 28.9-38.6] and the ICIQ-UI SF was 15.2 (14.4-16.0). Postoperatively the PISQ-12 increased significantly and the ICIQ-UI-SF decreased significantly, to 36.7 (31.5-41.9) and 2.5 (1.3-3.8), respectively, at the 6-months follow-up and 35.8 (33.6-38.1) and 4.9 (3.4-6.3), respectively, at the long-term follow-up. The greates improvement was in the physical domain of the PISQ-12. Women experienced less negative emotional reactions during intercourse, less coital incontinence, and less fear of being incontinent during intercourse after the TVT operation.
CONCLUSION: This study shows that a woman's sex life does not deteriorate after a TVT operation, that their sexual function improves somewhat, and that results are sustained over time.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||IUGA 2016: International Urogynecological Association - Cape Town, South Africa|
Duration: 2 Aug 2016 → 6 Aug 2016
Conference number: 41
|Period||02/08/2016 → 06/08/2016|